Although there was rain all day, it did not put a damper on the Batesville Cross Country Invitational. In fact, just as the race was to start, the rain began to subside and it became perfect weather for running.There were 12 teams competing overall, but were divided into large and small schools. Batesville moved themselves up to large schools this year and put together some solid performances capturing 2nd place for both the boys and the girls large school competition.The boys fell 5 points short to East Central scoring 56 points to Batesville’s 61. This was also just 1 point ahead of 3rd place team Rushville at 62. Batesville was led by Caleb Moster who was the meet runner up crossing at 17:15. He was followed by teammate Connor Bell in 3rd at 17:28. Brice Keeton got himself in the top 10 at the 10th spot, 18:08. Quinten Gowdy placed 20th at 18:38 and finishing the 5th scoring spot was Clay Yeaton at 26th. Also running varsity for the Bulldogs were Alex Batta and Elliott Main finishing at30th and 31st.The girls, also captured 2nd to a very talented and ranked Seymour team who scored an amazing perfect 15 points. Batesville’s total was 68, just outscoring East Central with 71. Leading the Dogs was Mary Poltrack in 8th place at 20:37. She was followed by teammates Emma Gausman placing 11th at 21:02, Maria Wessel in 13th at 21:17 and Audrey Weigel, 15th finishing at 21:32. Topping off the 5th place runner for Batesville was Kylie Lehman running 22:18 in 21st place. Other varsity runners were Katie Baumer and Audrey Maupin in 24th and 26th place with Audrey Maupin running a personal best for the season.The JV race was not scored, but awards were given to the top 10. Derek Nobbe and Carly Fitzpatrick both were in the top 10. Derek at 9th and Carly in 7th, racing through at her personal best for the season. Other JV runners finishing with a personal best were: Will Sittloh, Anna Kick, and Cheyenne Laker.A special shout out goes to Taylor Meyers as she competed in her first high school cross country race as a junior. However, she has been on the team for all 3 years, she has been unfortunate with leg injuries, but her perseverance and positive attitude put her on the start line and through the finish today! Very excited for her and hope the injury free way will continue!Tonight the Batesville Cross Country Team also celebrated Senior night and we were blessed to honor 14 Seniors this year. Congratulations and best of luck to all of them! They have been great leaders for us and we wish them nothing but the best for thefuture. Those honored were: Connor Bell, Alex Batta, Clay Yeaton, Derek Nobbe, Maria Wessel, Molly Weigel, Heidi Shaw, McKayla Schloemer, Sarah Canady, Mary Catherine Barnett, Breanna Hartman, Samantha Heidlage, Jamie Day and Lauren Eckstein.The Bulldogs finish their regular season this Thursday at the Greensburg Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Bio Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 LAMOINE — Anyone who has ever organized a road race knows it takes more than a day’s worth of planning to pull off the event.This wasn’t the case for Nick Brown and Nate Jillette, who helped put together Lamoine’s first annual half-marathon last spring after Brewer’s Chamberlain March was canceled due to weather.With a group of Ellsworth runners still eager to compete, the pair immediately got to work.“Nick rallied the runners, and Nate did everything else,” said Krystal Brown, Nick’s wife. “It was a huge community effort. We just kind of nudged it in the right direction.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSince the Chamberlain March has since been discontinued, Nick Brown decided to organize his 13-mile race once again. Sixty-three runners competed on Saturday in the second annual half-marathon, with Ian Fraiser finishing first in the men’s division (1:20.57) and Sarah Mulcahy winning the women’s (1:26.08).“Nick really wanted the focus to be on the running,” Krystal Brown said. “Sometimes, races can be so expensive and have so many bells and whistles that you forget that it’s about running.”Krystal Brown said they charged a modest fee to book the town beach and purchase ribbons for the winners, but it was members of the community who made the event possible, noting the efforts of volunteers like Isaac Marnik and Ben Billings.Christa Brey, chairman of the Lamoine Parks Committee, helped design the course to feature the town’s most beautiful areas.“The course has spectacular views of the ocean and mountains as well as challenging hills for the runners,” Nick Brown said. “It was very nice to see our local running community come together for this.”The Sub5 running club’s equipment manager, Ryan King, brought some timing equipment, and Andrew Tiemann donated gift certificates to his favorite Ellsworth businesses: Finn’s Irish Pub for the top finishers and Mortons Moo for age group winners. “Road ID” also helped sponsor the event by donating bibs and gift certificates.Runners and volunteers brought snacks for afterward.“People seem to like our event, so we plan to keep doing it every year,” Nick Brown said.With $200 left over, Jillette and the Browns asked participants where the proceeds should go. They decided to give the money to 3-year-old Clara Levin, who lives in Salisbury Cove and is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.Levin’s donation page can be accessed here.“Pretty remarkable for just a little race,” Krystal Brown said. “Really, this was put together by the community.”Click here for more race results. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)
Four Trojans from the men’s basketball program are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Sam Barry, Jack Gardner, Alex Hannum and Bill Sharman. This weekend, there will be significantly more.In progress · Freshman guard Maurice Jones is averaging 18.3 points per game, but shot only six-of-15 in USC’s loss against Rider on Wednesday. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan As a result of competing in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, the Trojans (2-1) will take a tour of the Hall of Fame on Friday in Springfield, Mass., allowing them to witness the plaques honoring former Trojans.After visiting the “Hoop Hall,” the Trojans will play two games in two days at the MassMutual Center, located just minutes from the Basketball Hall of Fame.On Saturday, USC will play Bradley. The game will be the first road contest for the Trojans and the Braves (3-0).The Braves are coming off a narrow victory against Loyola-Marymount, who beat the Trojans last season in the Galen Center.Less than 22 hours after tip-off against the Braves, the Trojans play New Mexico State Sunday afternoon. The Aggies (2-1) are a high-scoring team, averaging 94 points per game in their first two games. As a team, the Aggies shoot 43.5 percent from 3-point territory, and 52 percent overall.More than a quarter of the Aggies’ points have come from forward Troy Gillenwater. Gillenwater is averaging 25.5 points per game, and has made seven of his 13 3-point attempts. He leads the team with an average of eight rebounds per game.The Trojans are hoping to play better in the tournament’s final two games than they did in the first. On Wednesday, the Trojans lost at home to Rider, 77-57. The Broncs (2-1) shot 60 percent from the field, and 63.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, while USC only made 37.7 percent of its shots and one of its 15 3-point attempts.“We obviously have a lot of growing up to do,” said USC coach Kevin O’Neill. “In my two years, that was the worst we have been defensively. To give up 60 percent is unacceptable.”The young Trojans, who have three freshman playing significant minutes — forward Garrett Jackson and guards Maurice Jones and Bryce Jones — hope to use the first road trip of the season as a chance to regroup and bond as a team.“It seemed like nothing went right [against Rider],” senior forward Alex Stepheson said. “Hopefully we can learn from that and get some wins on the road.”USC is three games into a stretch of eight games in 17 days, the most games the Trojans have had in a 17-day period since the 1983-1984 season. Depth has been an issue for USC, with only seven players earning any playing time. Against Rider, the third game in a five-day stretch, the Trojans seemed fatigued. Maurice Jones, Bryce Jones and junior forward Nikola Vucevic — who all average 32 or more minutes per game — entered the Rider game averaging a combined 56 points per game, and yet only managed to score 27 against the Broncs.The Trojans return home to face Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Manchester City’s left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is on the verge of a move to Serie A side AS Roma, Blues boss Pep Guardiola said yesterday.The Serbia international was left out of the side beaten by Manchester United in the Houston friendly on Thursday, and former Barcelona boss Guardiola says he won’t stand in Kolarov’s way after he expressed a desire to leave.“I don’t like working with people who don’t want to stay. He has a big chance to go to Roma,” confirmed the City manager. “He has said he wants to leave. I wish him all the best.”Kolarov has been a key component of City’s success since joining the club from Roma’s fierce rivals Lazio in 2010 for Â£16 million ($20.8 million, 17.8 million euros), winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup.The 31-year-old is set to join the mass exodus of full-backs in the close season at Etihad Stadium, with Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta having all left the club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
He is entering the final year of his rookie contract after being selected by New Orleans in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.Onyemata ran into trouble at the beginning of the year after police searched his apartment Jan. 29 and found marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana edibles and hemp powder. Saints’ DT David Onyemata is being suspended one game for violating the NFL’s substances of abuse policy.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 28, 2019It’s yet another blow to New Orleans’ defense, which will be without Sheldon Rankins as he recovers from a torn Achilles.Onyemata is coming off a career year after his fourth season with the team. He recorded 35 tackles and a career high 4 1/2 sacks after appearing in all 16 regular season games and two playoff games. Related News The Saints will be without David Onyemata to start the 2019 season.The defense tackle got handed a one-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s substances of abuse policy, ESPN reported Friday. Saints running back Alvin Kamara: ‘I’m in the top percentile right now’ Teddy Bridgewater: Joining Saints ‘best opportunity for me to grow as a player’ Saints offering $18M per year, Michael Thomas wants $22M, report says According to the New Orleans Advocate, which cited the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Onyemata was given a misdemeanor citation that accuses him of possessing marijuana in his apartment.Since then, coach Sean Payton has said the 26-year-old is doing well in the team’s offseason program.
It was brand versus brand at WWE Survivor Series in Chicago and in the end, it was NXT getting the win.This was the first time that the black and gold brand was included in the annual pay-per-view and they made the most of it, scoring four wins in the seven matches featuring talent from “Raw”, “SmackDown”, and NXT. — Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne for the NXT championship— The Viking Raiders vs. The New Day vs. Undisputed Era in a Triple Threat match (kickoff show)— WWE NXT Cruiserweight champion Lio Rush vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto (kickoff show) The brand made the most of its opportunity in what was a good show overall at the Allstate Arena. That included the women’s NXT Team surviving in the 5-on-5-on-5 elimination match highlighted by a great showing from Rhea Ripley who is a star in the making. Plus, Adam Cole successfully defended the NXT Championship against Pete Dunne in an exciting match that stole the show.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearElsewhere, both Brock Lesnar and Bray Wyatt retained their respective titles in short but fun matches. But a tired crowd did not help the main event — a Triple Threat women’s match — that brought the show to a flat ending.Check out Sporting News’ complete coverage of WWE Survivor Series 2019 below.(All times Eastern.) WWE Survivor Series 2019 live updates 10:24 p.m.: Baszler is posing on top of the announcer’s table when Lynch attacks her and puts her through the table with a leg drop. It felt like maybe there would be a big angle (Ronda Rousey return?) but that never happened. Shayna Baszler defeats Becky Lynch and Bayley in a Triple Threat match10:22 p.m. FINISH: Baszler picks up Lynch and drops her on the announcer’s table. It’s Baszler and Bayley in the ring then and the NXT champ puts Bayley in the rear choke but she counters out. She gets it back in the middle of the ring and Bayley taps out. The match never got into a real flow and the crowd was never into it and dead at this point in the night. Still, the women worked hard. NXT wins the night with four wins while SmackDown gets two and Raw has just one.IT’S OVER.#WWENXT #WomensChampion @QoSBaszler TAPS OUT @itsBayleyWWE to prove her dominance in the #SurvivorSeries main event! pic.twitter.com/UeO0t8ATqe— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 25, 201910:20 p.m.: Bayley runs off the apron towards Lynch but Baszler catches her with a rear choke that Lynch breaks up. Lynch then drops Baszlerand the crowd chants for a few seconds. Lynch has the Disarmer on Baszler who counters out of it. Bayley is now limping back and gets pushed into the post. Then Baszler shoves Lynch face-first into the post.10:16 p.m.: Baszler puts Baszler on her shoulders and Lynch drops both of them with a missile dropkick. The crowd is still dead and does a quick “CM Punk” chant.10:13 p.m.: Lynch grabs control with a pair of suplexes and then hits them both with a DDT. She tosses Baszler out of the ring and Bayley rolls up Lynch who counters with the armbar but Baszler breaks it up.10:10 p.m.: Bayley goes on the offensive and drives Lynch face-first into the mat as the crowd seems bored. Very little reaction until Becky comes back and the crowd gives her a light chant before booing Bayley.10:07 p.m.: Baszler grabs Bayley’s arm, flips her over and stomps on her elbow before posing to the crowd. 10:04 p.m.: Big spot for the women of the three brands.HERE WE GO.The winner of this match will be _______.⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/jAuVcrz3o9— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 25, 2019Brock Lesnar defeats Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match to retain the WWE championship9:56 p.m. FINISH: Rey’s son Dominic comes to the ring with a white towel but Lesnar throws the towel away. He grabs Dominic by the throat and Mysterio hits a low blow. Dominic with a low blow as well and then Rey hits him with the pipe. Dom hits Lesnar with a chair. Double 619 and both hit frog splashes. They both make the cover but Lesnar kicks out. “The Beast” quickly gets the advantage back and he hits Dominic with a suplex and catches Rey off the top rope and into an F5 for the win. They packed in plenty in a short amount of time.9:51 p.m.: Mysterio finds an opening and gets back in the ring but Lesnar cuts him off before he can get the pipe. Lesnar with another suplex and Mysterio lands on the pipe. Ouch.9:48 p.m.: Heyman nearly blows out a lung introducing Lesnar. The bell rings and Mysterio immediately jumps outside the ring and grabs a pipe from under the ring. Lesnar escapes out the other side of the ring and Mysterio gets back in. Then they switch spots before Lesnar clotheslines Mysterio, then again, and again. Rey is fighting an uphill battle as he gets chucked outside the ring and then over one of the announcer’s tables and then takes his first suplex of the night.This has escalated quickly…#SurvivorSeries #WWEChampionship @BrockLesnar @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/6N7x0rkyfR— WWE (@WWE) November 25, 20199:41 p.m.: I thought this would close the show but instead the women’s Triple Threat match will go on last. Remember, anything goes between Rey and Brock and this is personal. Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali, Braun Strowman, King Corbin, Shorty G) defeats Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton) and Team NXT (Tommaso Ciampa, WALTER, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, and Damien Priest) in a men’s 5-on-5-on-5 elimination match9:31 p.m. FINISH: It’s down to Lee versus Reigns. Roman with a pair of Superman punches and makes the cover but Lee kicks out. It looked like a three count but the ref says no. Reigns goes for a spear but Lee hits him with a powerbomb. He almost gets the pin. They get to their feet and Lee goes for a moonsault but misses and Reigns hits a spear and the win for Team SmackDown. NXT leads with 3, SmackDown has 2 and Raw has one win. Afterward, Lee bows to Reigns and the “Big Dog” extends his fist and they fist bump. A really good match although some of it was trolling fans.This will NOT be the last time we see @WWERomanReigns and @RealKeithLee in the same ring.It was MUST-WIN for #SmackDown, and #TheBigDog made it happen! #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/nh2tTt7swg— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 25, 20199:28 p.m.: Rollins hits a frog splash on Lee but he survives the pinfall. Rollins is barking at the crowd who is booing him. He goes for the stomp but Lee catches him with a hard slam and scores the pin. Wow. YEP. @RealKeithLee just ELIMINATED the first-ever #WWENXT Champion @WWERollins! #SurvivorSeries #WeAreNXT pic.twitter.com/XdvF0kT9pz— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 25, 20199:25 p.m.: Reigns and Rollins decide to work together against Team NXT. They set up Ciampa for the powerbomb through the announcer’s table but Lee makes the save. Ciampa and Rollins are in the ring and Ciampa hits a running knee and Project Ciampa but Rollins kicks out of the pin. Rollins comes back with a superkick and sets him up for the Fairytale Ending but Reigns hits a Superman punch and then Rollins pins him. The last three are Rollins, Reigns, and Lee.9:22 p.m.: Rollins and Reigns exchange shots and then Reigns drills Ciampa with a Superman Punch. Corbin tags himself in and Reigns attacks him with a Superman punch and a spear with Ciampa pinning Corbin. We’re down to the final four – Rollins, Reigns, and then Ciampa and Lee for Team NXT.9:20 p.m.: Mustafa Ali is cleaning house including a big dive outside the ring. Corbin starts complaining at him that he should have been tagged in. Ali shakes him off and goes back in the ring and Rollins immediately hits him with a Stomp for the pin. Then McIntyre is setting up for a Claymore Kick on Ciampa but Reigns drills him with a spear for the pin.9:17 p.m.: Corbin hits Ricochet with the End of Days for the pin. This match is being booked just to tick fans off.9:15 p.m.: Strowman runs around the ring, taking everyone out. He goes to do it again but Keith Lee runs into them and they both go down. Then McIntyre hits Strowman with a Claymore kick as the referee is making the count. McIntyre and Lee are back inside but Strowman doesn’t make it and is counted out.9:13 p.m.: Orton with an RKO on Ciampa but he rolls to the ropes. Priest gets in the ring and is also hit with an RKO and he gets pinned. Then Riddle rolls up Orton and scores a pin. Orton then hits him with an RKO and Corbin pins Riddle to the disdain of the crowd. 9:10 p.m.: Outside the ring, Owens hits Corbin with a Stunner. As he gets back in the ring, Ciampa drills him with a DDT and the pin so Owens is eliminated. Another surprise in this one early.9:07 p.m.: Gable, er, Shorty G, and Riddle are showing off their mat wrestling skills. Ciampa gets tagged in and connects with a kick before Ricochet lands a springboard back elbow onto both of them. Owens tags in and hits Shorty G with a frog splash for the pin. Yes, it looks like he is truly a member of Team Raw. 9:03 p.m.: Big surprise as McIntyre with a Claymore Kick on WALTER and he scores the pin on the NXT UK champion. WALTER is out.9:01 p.m.: We’ve got Ciampa, Rollins, and Strowman in there to start this one. Quite the threesome. And Strowman hits a dropkick on both of them. Then McIntyre and WALTER tag in so it’s the three big boys.8:58 p.m.: Rollins was met with a lot of boos as he came to the ring. How long until the Chicago crowd begins “CM Punk” chants during this match?”The Fiend” Bray Wyatt defeats Daniel Bryan to retain the Universal championship8:50 p.m. FINISH: The crows is going crazy with “Yes” chants and Bryan connects with a running knee but can’t get the pin. The crowd chants for Bryan and Wyatt puts on the Mandible Claw in the corner but Bryan counters with an armbar over the ropes. Bryan then runs into another Mandible Claw and “The Fiend” keeps his title. Bryan had the crowd believing for a moment which is a victory in itself in a very good match.8:46 p.m.: Bryan goes for a dive from the ring to the floor but Wyatt catches him. He goes for Sister Abagail but Bryan reserves and then drives him into the post. He goes on top of the post and connects with a massive dive. Back in the ring and Bryan hits two big missile dropkicks and the crowd is chanting “Yes!”. Bryan with “Yes” kicks and Wyatt falls face-first and then sits back up. He wants more so Bryan delivers and then stomps away at this face.8:44 p.m.: It’s all Wyatt now including him tossing Bryan across the ring from a suplex position. Wyatt then goes with a neck wrench and is killing the crowd.8:40 p.m.: The bell rings and Bryan immediately runs across the ring and connects with a dropkick. He hits a second one and tries for a third but instead gets turned inside out by a clothesline.8:36 p.m.: Let’s see if this match will happen under the red lights. And the answer is… yes. Oh boy.Adam Cole defeats Pete Dunne to retain the NXT championship8:28 p.m. FINISH: Dunne slides back in the ring but gets met with a superkick. Dunne comes back and goes for his finisher Cole counters and then hits the Last Shot to get the win. Awesome match and a great showing for both Cole and Dunne in representing NXT on this stage.Absolutely incredible…and these guys are STILL very much UNDISPUTED.@AdamColePro defeats @PeteDunneYxB to remain #WWENXT Champion at #SurvivorSeries! pic.twitter.com/25QueUl8ji— WWE (@WWE) November 25, 20198:25 p.m.: Cole with a Panama Sunrise… ON THE APRON!!!Your GIF replies would be appreciated… ⬇️#SurvivorSeries #NXTChampionship @AdamColePro @PeteDunneYxB pic.twitter.com/RvF0Y6cZFz— WWE (@WWE) November 25, 20198:23 p.m.: Cole goes for the Last Shot but Dunne avoids it and goes for his fingers again. Then he hits Bitter End but Cole kicks out just before the three count. Dunne hits about 15 overhand slaps to the chest but Cole fires back. Dunne with a backflip out of the corner and Cole connects with a superkick to his face.8:21 p.m.: Dunne connects with a moonsault off the second rope to the floor. They go back in the ring and Dunne climbs to the top rope and goes for another moonsault but Cole gets his knees up. He hits the Last Shot but Dunne somehow kicks out of the pin.8:18 p.m.: Dunne has targeted Cole’s fingers and now the champion is going after Dunne’s taped-up left knee. Dunne comes back with an X-plex and Cole falls hard on his taped ribs.B R U I S E R W E I G H T#SurvivorSeries #NXTChampionship @PeteDunneYxB pic.twitter.com/sln2QonvY2— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 25, 20198:12 p.m.: Cole has his ribs taped up to sell the hellacious bump he took at TakeOver last night. Roderick Strong defeats AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura8:07 p.m. FINISH: Strong is outside the ring so long-time rivals Styles and Nakamura are going at it trying hard forearms. Nakamura then sets him up for the Kinshasa but Styles rolls him up and goes for the Styles Clash but Nakamura gets out. Styles connects with the Phenomenal Forearm and then Strong tosses Styles out of the ring and steals the pin. A think of beauty and another win for NXT which leads 3-1-1 on the night.#WWERaw: 1️⃣#WWENXT: 3️⃣#SmackDown: 1️⃣#SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/q5PHGOtsi6— WWE (@WWE) November 25, 20198:04 p.m.: Lots of action with Nakamura hitting the Kinshasa on Strong but Styles breaks up the pin at the last second.8:00 p.m.: Styles puts Strong on his shoulders and Nakamura comes off the top ropes with a kick to the chest and everyone takes a hard fall. Then Styles slides outside the ring and is holding onto Nakamura’s leg so his buddy Sami Zayn slams Styles into the post.7:57 p.m.: Great counters by these three..@roderickstrong sets ’em up, @ShinsukeN knocks ’em down!➡️ https://t.co/NsQTgz3q4X pic.twitter.com/NUSmivEJck— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) November 25, 20197:54 p.m.: Here comes Strong and he drops Nakamura hard across his knees. 7:51 p.m.: Styles goes to the top rope but Nakamura takes him out.LOTS of history between these two…and it just might work to @roderickstrong’s advantage.#SurvivorSeries @AJStylesOrg @ShinsukeN pic.twitter.com/Ztpmrk2xZ8— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 25, 20197:48 p.m.: This should be very, very, very, very good.7:44 p.m.: They show a recap package from the men’s WarGames match at last night’s TakeOver event including Kevin Owens as a surprise entrant. We then go to KO sitting in the locker room and Seth Rollins approaches him and asks who he supports. Owens says that while he has a warm spot for NXT, it doesn’t really want him and he’s all Team Raw.Team NXT (Rhea Ripley, Candice LaRae, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, Toni Storm) defeats Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Kairi Sane, Sarah Logan, Natalya) and Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans Nikki Cross) in a women’s 5-on-5-on-5 elimination match7:40 p.m. FINISH: Shirai hits a missile dropkick and Ripley follows that up with Riptide and pins Banks. Big win for Team NXT to start the show. Good match although some of the finishes were a little strange. Plus, what are the rules? Sometimes people came as they went and other times then abided by traditional tag rules and stayed on the apron.N-X-T spells VICTORY.@RheaRipley_WWE @shirai_io & @CandiceLeRae SURVIVE for #TeamNXT! #WeAreNXT #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/QDkUTy98T2— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 25, 20197:37 p.m.: Banks with a Meteora off the top turnbuckle but Ripley kicks out of the pin attempt. Banks goes back up to the top and dives off but Ripley connects with a superkick. She then ties up Banks’ legs and picks her up but Banks gets out and slaps on the Banks’ statement. Ripley is trying to get the ropes when Shirai and LaRae run down to the ring and pull Ripley out of the ring. 7:34 p.m.: Banks gets Natalya from behind and pins her so the final two left are Banks and Ripley. They’re exchanging shots and then Ripley with a big dropkick.7:31 p.m.: Natalya puts Toni Storm in a Sharpshooter and Banks also puts her in the Banks Statement and Storm taps out. Then Banks pins Belair so we’re down to Nattie, Banks, and Ripley.7:29 p.m.: Asuka sprays the green mist into Charlotte’s face and Evans takes advantage and eliminates her. Then Natalya pins Evans so Team NXT has three members left while Raw and SmackDown each have just one person.7:27 p.m.: Action is picking up as Banks pins Sane so she’s out. Asuka takes out Brooke with a roundhouse kick and Team SmackDown is down to Banks and Evans. Charlotte is upset at her teammate Asuka and knocks her down for good measure.7:25 p.m.: Carmella hits a hurricanrana onto Charlotte who falls hard onto Belair who was laying on the mat. Then Charlotte with Natural Selection on Carmella for the pin. Mella is out.7:22 p.m.: Belair gets another pin and eliminates Logan with a 450 splash off the top rope. 7:20 p.m.: Nikki Cross was going wild on Team NXT but Belair rolled her up from the apron and Ripley held onto for extra leverage and Cross is eliminated.#WWENXT needs EVERY advantage they can get with @shirai_io and @CandiceLeRae taken out of this match…and @BiancaBelairWWE just DELIVERED by eliminating #SmackDown’s @NikkiCrossWWE! #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/V6ITmjIdCU— WWE (@WWE) November 25, 20197:17 p.m.: Everyone is just coming in and hitting big moves including Charlotte with a speak and Banks with a Banks Stabber onto Logan. Both Shirai and LaRae are writhing in pain on the floor and both are being helped to the back. Team NXT is down to three members.7:13 p.m.: That didn’t take long as good friends Io Shirai and Kairi Sane are in the ring and locking up. Shirai with a dropkick right to Sane’s face and Dana Brooke tags in for her team. She goes to the top rope and connects with a senton onto Sane.7:10 p.m.: The match starts with Toni Storm, Lacey Evans, and Sarah Logan. BTW, rules are once someone is pinned or submits, they are eliminated and the last team with at least one member remaining wins.7:07 p.m.: They’re saving time by having each team come out to their show’s theme music. Does this mean we won’t get WALTER’s music later?6:58 p.m.: Just announced – the main show will begin with the women’s 5-on-5 elimination match.The Viking Raiders defeat The New Day and Undisputed Era in a Triple Threat match6:46 p.m. FINISH: The New Day gets wiped out outside the ring so its UE and the Viking Raiders are battling it out. Ivar hits a springboard back elbow onto both O’Reilly and Fish and then they give O’Reilly the Viking Experience on Fish and get the win. Each brand has a win following the kickoff show.6:44 p.m.: Big E with a spear through the ropes that takes on Erik. .@WWEBigE is laying it all on the line in this battle for brand supremacy! #SurvivorSeries #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/6F5EdHpfrw— WWE (@WWE) November 24, 20196:41 p.m.: Ivar is wiping out everyone including a roundhouse kick that drops Big E. He then dives feet first towards Fish in the corner but misses. Meanwhile, Kingston wipes out Erik and then tags in Big E who is cleaning house. He puts Erik on his shoulders and Kingston comes off the top rope with double knees on Erik.6:37 p.m.: Erik picks up Ivar (somehow) and slams him off the apron until the other two teams. “It’s like a building falling on you!” – @JerryLawler#SurvivorSeries @Erik_WWE @Ivar_WWE pic.twitter.com/WATtnAmPQv— WWE (@WWE) November 24, 20196:34 p.m.: Big boys collide.PANCAKE POWER! 🥞 🥞 🥞#SurvivorSeries @WWEBigE pic.twitter.com/70i06CEeqP— WWE (@WWE) November 24, 20196:28 p.m.: This should be fantastic if they are given a good amount of time. I think everyone would prefer watching these guys go at it then listen to the broadcast team break down Survivor Series. Right?Lio Rush defeats Akira Tozawa and Kalisto to retain the WWE NXT Cruiserweight champion6:19 p.m. FINISH: Kalisto connects with Salina Del Sol on Tozawa but then Rush comes flying off the top rope and hits his Final Hour frog splash onto Kalisto to retain his title. Good action but way too short. NXT is on the board with its first win of the night.6:16 p.m.: Kalisto his Salina Del Sol on Rush and makes the cover but Tozawa breaks it up. He then hits a senton onto Rush but Kalisto makes the last-second save to keep the match going.6:12 p.m.: All three are on the top rope with Lio Rush hitting a double Spanish Fly onto Tozawa and Kalisto.🤯 🤯 🤯 🤯#SurvivorSeries @itsLioRush @TozawaAkira @KalistoWWE pic.twitter.com/olcDV40Ncl— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 24, 20196:07 p.m.: This one should be fast and then faster.Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode defeats The OC, The Forgotten Sons, The Revival, The Street Profits, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, Breezango vs. Lucha House Party, Imperium and Heavy Machinery6:00 p.m. FINISH: Surprise victors as Ford hits a huge frog splash on Ziggler but Roode then comes up from behind and throws him over the top rope to the floor, giving him and Roode the win. Just a standard battle royal that went by fast. Team SmackDown is up 1-0.#SurvivorSeries scorecard THREAD ⬇️⬇️⬇️#WWERaw: 0️⃣#WWENXT: 0️⃣#SmackDown: 1️⃣— WWE (@WWE) November 24, 20195:57 p.m.: And just like that, we’re down to the Ziggler and Roode against The Street Profits. 5:54 p.m.: Bodies are flying out fast and furious with The OC, Ziggler and Ryder, and The Street Profits remaining in the ring.5:45 p.m.: Time for the first match of the night which was a last-minute addition to the show.5:40 p.m.: It looks like NXT women’s champion Shayna Baszler has some backup for her Triple Threat match as Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir are in the building as well.5:30 p.m.: Shawn Michaels has joined the broadcast to reveal the five members of Team NXT which will be Tommaso Ciampa, WALTER, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, and Damien Priest.#WeAreNXT!As announced by @ShawnMichaels on #SurvivorSeries Kickoff, @NXTCiampa, @SuperKingofBros, @ArcherOfInfamy, @WalterAUT, & @RealKeithLee are Team #WWENXT TONIGHT at #SurvivorSeries! pic.twitter.com/NRCherKbWC— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 24, 20195:20 p.m.: Paul Heyman is backstage and sounds pretty confident in his client Brock Lesnar. He thinks it will take a miracle for Rey Mysterio to upset Lesnar for the WWE championship in their No Holds Barred match.5:10 p.m.: Looks like we’re getting three matches on the kickoff show including the Triple Threat tag team match along two new matches: Lio Rush vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto along with a battle royal. And Shawn Michaels is going to announce the members of Team NXT in the 5-on-5-on-5 men’s elimination match..@ShawnMichaels will be announcing #WWENXT’s Men’s #SurvivorSeries team WITHIN THE HOUR on the Survivor Series Kickoff! pic.twitter.com/0FOPSNXVB7— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) November 24, 20195:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of WWE Survivor Series. The show will feature talent from all three brands: “Raw”, “SmackDown” and — for the first time — NXT. It’s going to be a long one with a two-hour kickoff show just getting underway and then the main show. WWE Survivor Series 2019 matches— Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match for the WWE championship— “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan for the Universal championship— Becky Lynch vs. Bayley vs. Shayna Baszler in a Triple Threat match— Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton) vs. Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali, Braun Strowman, King Corbin, Shorty G) vs. Team NXT (Tommaso Ciampa, WALTER, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, and Damien Priest) in a men’s 5-on-5-on-5 elimination match— Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Kairi Sane, Sarah Logan, Natalya) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans Nikki Cross) vs. Team NXT (Rhea Ripley, Candice LaRae, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, Toni Storm) in a women’s 5-on-5-on-5 elimination match— AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roderick Strong
Banner image of Lankanectes pera, named after Sri Lanka’s oldest university, courtesy of Pradeep Samarawickrama. The recent discovery of a new frog species in a niche habitat in Sri Lanka’s cloud forest has highlighted the need for conserving the Indian Ocean island’s dwindling montane habitats.The frog, Lankanectes pera, is named after the University of Peradeniya, the country’s oldest, and dwells only in pristine streams flowing through canopy-covered montane forests in the highest reaches of the Knuckles Mountain Range.Researchers are calling for extensive studies to inform conservation actions for the species, which they’ve recommended be classified as critically endangered, given its small range and population. A four-year study of streams in the cloud forests of Sri Lanka’s picturesque Knuckles Mountain Range has turned up an unexpected discovery: a new frog species found nowhere else on Earth.Lankanectes pera, a glistening, chocolate-hued frog, is only the second known species in the genus; the other, L. corrugatus, is also endemic to Sri Lanka. The researchers named it in honor of their alma mater and the oldest university in the country, the University of Peradeniya, affectionately referred to as Pera.In their paper published in the journal Zootaxa, the researchers identify the new species as being highly restricted to a habitat of about 360 square kilometers (139 square miles) — an area nearly 40 times smaller than the range inhabited by the more widely distributed L. corrugatus.While there are some subtle physical differences between the two species, it’s in their habitat selection where they differ the most.L.corrugatus mostly occurs in muddy substrates, including marshes and rice paddies, where they can easily burrow into soft mud and leaf litter. L. pera, however, needs pristine conditions and significant canopy cover.It dwells in streams flowing through the montane forests in the highest peaks of the Knuckles Mountain Range, at elevations of more than 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level. It’s found only in the Dothalugala, Bambarella and Riverston regions of Sri Lanka’s central highlands.And the frog doesn’t simply opt for pristine streams flowing through closed-canopy montane forests, but more specifically slow-flowing, clear and shallow streams, with enough rocks and sandy depths to offer hiding spots.The males, generally found under rocks and crevices, give a hint of their presence when they make halting calls during the day, or chorus at night, especially after soft rain that tends to perk them up. Figure shows two clearly defined clades including L. corrugatus and L. pera, with the latter being different by more than 16 mutational steps from the populations of the former. There is a clear separation between the males with a slight overlap of the females, indicated in filled circles in red (L. corrugatus) and blue (L. pera). Image © Senevirathne et al., 2018. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Citation: Senevirathne, G., Samarawickrama, V., Wijayathilaka, N., Manamendra-Arachchi, K., Bowatte, G., Samarawickrama, D., & Meegaskumbura, M. (2018). A new frog species from rapidly dwindling cloud forest streams of Sri Lanka—Lankanectes pera (Anura, Nyctibatrachidae). Zootaxa, 4461(4), 519-538. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4461.4.4 Shrinking forestsBased on L. pera’s small area of occupancy, extent of occurrence, and the small population observed during the study, the scientists have suggested a conservation status of critically endangered. In contrast, L. corrugatus occupies a much larger area and has a much bigger population size, making it a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List.The researchers warn that rapid deterioration of this niche habitat can pose a significant threat to L. pera’s survival.“Montane forests are shrinking in the face of factors that we cannot directly control, such as global warming, and factors we can control, like encroachment and habitat degradation,” co-author and evolutionary biologist Madhava Meegaskumbura told Mongabay. “The answers need to be local. We need to prioritize this species in conservation efforts by evaluating its status by applying the IUCN red-listing standards.”“Cloud forest cover is critical for the survival of the species,” said Gayani Senevirathne, the paper’s lead author and a graduate student at the University of Chicago. “Diminishing forest cover will definitely make the habitat unsuitable for this highly specialized forest-stream species.”enevirathne said the Knuckles range is already renowned as an important refuge for as many as eight micro-endemic species that are largely considered to be critically endangered or endangered.The paper says the habitat requirements of L. pera are different from those of the highly threatened micro-endemics highlighted so far, and that a future conservation strategy for the amphibians of the Knuckles Mountain Range should consider this new knowledge.L. pera lives in clear water streams under rock-strewn montane forest canopy cover in the Knuckles Mountain Range. Image courtesy of Pradeep Samarawickrama.Further researchMeegaskumbura said the new species needs “urgent conservation efforts,” as well as further studies into its biology and behavior.“Beyond the conservation efforts, it will prove interesting to delve into the life history of Lankanectes pera, including its breeding seasons, mating behavior, ability to produce more offspring, development and species ecology,” he said. “This would help in planning its conservation.”That’s also where the naming of L. pera comes in, aside from being a sentimental tribute to the university, said Senevirathne.“We also wanted to place this knowledge before the university which has some of the best minds in the fields of sciences and humanities,” he said. “Peradeniya University is best equipped to lead the conservation efforts of the new species. It is also closely located to the Knuckles region, the frog’s habitat.”Meegaskumbura seconded the notion, adding he hoped that “the university after which the frog has been named would treat the conservation needs of this frog as a priority and play the lead role.”And the story of Lankanectes might still have a few more surprises in store, Meegaskumbura hinted.“The habitat of [L. pera] is surrounded by L. corrugatus, the common lowland species,” he said. “This creates a clear genetic barrier for the spread of the species to the other mountain ranges.“There however could be relict populations that are genetically close to L. pera, especially on the adjacent Central Highlands,” he added. “I would still expect those populations to be somewhat genetically distinct from L. pera.” Amphibians, Biodiversity, Cloud Forests, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests Article published by dilrukshi
FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Indonesia’s parliament is rushing to pass a controversial mining bill by Sept. 30, when the current legislators’ term ends.President Joko Widodo had previously asked for deliberations of this bill and other contentious pieces of legislation to be suspended, following massive student-led protests that have turned deadly.Watchdogs say the bill panders to the interests of mining companies, granting them bigger concessions, longer contracts, and fewer environmental obligations.The Widodo administration has also criticized parliament’s rush to pass the bill, but legislators say they are within their rights to do so. JAKARTA — Indonesia’s parliament is rushing to pass a controversial bill on coal and mineral mining before the current legislators’ term ends on Sept. 30, defying a massive public outcry over legislation seen as favoring the extractives industry at the expense of the environment and vulnerable communities.The bill is part of a batch of highly contentious pieces of legislation that parliament has been attempting to rush through in its final days. The previous week, parliament had passed in record time an anti-corruption bill widely seen as weakening the national anti-graft commission. That, as well as attempts to similarly push through a controversial criminal code and three other pieces of legislation, including the mining bill, prompted massive protests led by university students.At least two students have been killed in the protests that have broken out in cities across Indonesia. In the face of the protests, President Joko Widodo has asked parliament to suspend deliberations of the contentious bills, including the one on mining.But the fact that parliament looks set to pass the mining bill imminently indicates an attempt to cater to the demands of the mining companies that would benefit under the provisions of the bill as it stands, said Merah Johansyah, the executive director of the NGO Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam).“More than 90 percent of [the bill] facilitates businesses and investors in the mining industry,” he said. “On the other hand, environmental protection and the public interest aren’t accommodated in the bill.”A key provision in the current 2009 mining law is that the government may not immediately extend expired mining contracts without offering the concessions to state-owned companies first. Under the new bill, however, contract holders would be allowed to automatically renew their permits two more times, for 10 years each.Several major private companies are set to see their permits expire soon, and would benefit from such a provision. They include coal miners PT Arutmin Indonesia (whose permit expires in 2020), PT Kaltim Prima Coal (2021), PT Multi Harapan Utama (2022), PT Adaro Indonesia (2022), PT Kideco Jaya Agung (2023) and PT Berau Coal (2025).Aryanto Nugroho, the Indonesia advocacy manager for Publish What You Pay (PWYP), a coalition calling for financial transparency in the extractives sector, said he was concerned that legislators were “trying to smuggle articles [into the bill] that only benefit a small number of people,” namely the companies with contracts that are about to expire.The bill also stipulates no limit on the size of mining concessions that can be granted; the current law caps the size of mining operations in a single permit to 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres).Kids in East Kalimantan play near abandoned open-pit coal mines located near their houses. Image courtesy of the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam).Incentives for minersAnother contentious article in the bill states the government will provide both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for mining companies. Those that have integrated their operations with processing and refining facilities or with coal-fired power plants will be granted a mining license for production for up to 20 years, with an automatic extension of another 20 years and the possibility to further renew for another 10 years.The bill also ensures that mining companies that develop and operate power plants themselves won’t have their mining area reduced when they extend their operations.Merah said these provisions contradicted Indonesia’s vow to combat climate change by reducing its emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Coal burning accounted for nearly 60 percent of Indonesia’s energy mix in 2018, and in July this year President Widodo reportedly expressed his intention to wean Indonesia off coal. But as the bill stands, this won’t happen, Merah said.“This bill will hold Indonesia hostage by its addiction to coal,” he said. “So it’s useless for the government to say that they want to ditch dirty energy.”The bill also contains articles under which individuals could face prosecution for defending their land rights against mining companies, Merah said. The ongoing criminalization of such land and environmental defenders is already a big problem in Indonesia, he said, with 85 people facing charges in 22 cases between 2014 and 2018.“It means that the government and parliament didn’t consider criminalization and conflicts when they discussed this bill,” he said. “That’s why I say this bill sides with investors and mining companies, not the public.”Merah also flagged the lack of provisions protecting the rights of indigenous peoples to their land. “There are no articles that talk about indigenous rights, even though we know that some mining concessions are located on indigenous peoples’ lands,” he said.Nor is there a requirement in the bill for mining companies to rehabilitate the abandoned mining pits in their concessions once they are done operating. Such a requirement exists in the 2009 law, but compliance is notoriously patchy, with children frequently drowning in these rain-filled pits. The problem will only get worse if the requirement is removed, Merah said.“The thousands of [abandoned] mining pits became an issue during the presidential debates, because they’ve claimed the lives of many children,” he said. “But Article 99 of this bill says these mining pits can be used for irrigation and as tourism sites. So 90 percent of this bill doesn’t talk about the public interest or about saving the environment.”A group of locals affected by coal-fired power plants around Indonesia stages a protest in front of the headquarters of President Joko Widodo’s campaign team in Jakarta. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Lack of public participationAryanto said activists and people affected by mines around the country had never been invited by parliament to discuss the bill.“Have the government and the parliament been transparent and participatory in the deliberation of this bill that’s so strategic and relevant to the lives of many people?” he said. “The ones invited [to discuss the bill] were either businesses or academics, but never from civil society, let alone the victims who live around mines. So who are [the legislators] representing?”Hendrik Siregar, a researcher with the natural-resources watchdog Auriga, also said the circumstances around parliament’s handling of the bill were suspicious.He noted that the government, when asking that the deliberations be delayed, had cited the fact that it had not yet completed and submitted an assessment of potentially problematic provisions in the bill, known as a DIM. But late at night on Sept. 25, with no observers present, officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources submitted to parliament their DIM that they acknowledged was not yet finished. He also noted that the energy minister wasn’t present during that late-night meeting, and that only eight legislators showed up.“We know people who work at night are either thieves or robbers,” Hendrik said. “[Politicians] like to complain that our natural resources are being robbed, while they’re doing the same thing.“It’s obvious that this is like a game,” he added. “When the president says [the deliberations should be] postponed, but then there’s a submission of the DIM, that means there’s [going to be] deliberations.”Suralaya coal power plants. Image by Satari/Wikimedia.‘Tomorrow it can be done’Ego Syahrial, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the official responsible for compiling and submitting the DIM, also questioned parliament’s insistence on proceeding with its deliberations on the back of that incomplete assessment.“I said the list in the DIM is incomplete,” he told local media the day after the submission. “Please take a note that we’re submitting a DIM document that’s incomplete. And in accordance with an instruction by the president, we’re not [supposed to be] deliberating [the bill] now, only postponing it until the next [parliamentary] period.”Ego said the government’s assessment, even though it was incomplete, listed 938 points of disagreement with the provisions in the bill as drafted by legislators. He said he had reminded the legislators of the president’s request and pointed out that the assessment contained an objection from the industry minister, who also had his own views on the draft.The legislators, however, say the bill is fair game for passage now that the government has submitted the DIM, and that any criticism about the bill should not be targeted at parliament.“Don’t say that parliament [is to blame],” Ridwan Hisjam, the deputy chairman of the parliamentary commission on energy policy, told local media. “Be angry at the government instead, at Jokowi. Why are [you] angry at us? Who submitted this [DIM] last night?”With the DIM submitted, legislators have decided to press ahead with passing the bill immediately, before their term ends on Sept. 30.“Do you want to have a legacy or not?” Ridwan told local media. “If you want to have a legacy, then we can just [pass the bill]. Tomorrow it can be done.” Banner image: A container for coal after it has been unloaded from the barges. Image by Ayat S Karokaro / Mongabay-Indonesia. Carbon Emissions, Climate, Climate Change, Coal, Energy, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Law, Mining Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
Le leader messin a l’opportunité de valider sa montée en Ligue 1, ce mardi (20h) à Saint-Symphorien. Un succès devant son public face au Grenoble Foot 38 de Philippe Hinschberger suffit au FC Metz pour atteindre son objectif. Le tout à quatre journées de la fin du championnat.Grâce à leur succès en Corse (2-0), vendredi, les Messins se sont offert le luxe de pouvoir valider leur ticket pour la Ligue 1 en compagnie de leurs supporters. Et si différents scénarios sont possibles pour atteindre dès ce mardi l’objectif clairement annoncé, un seul, finalement, retient l’attention : celui consistant à s’imposer face à Grenoble.«Faire un bon match, proposer ce qu’on sait faire, gagner et monter!» Voilà, en résumé, le programme que propose Vincent Hognon pour ce 17e rendez-vous de la saison à Saint-Symphorien. Mais l’adjoint de Frédéric Antonetti prévient : «On a vu qu’à l’étage au-dessus, le PSG a dû patienter avant de faire la fête», tient-il à souligner. «Rien n’est encore plié. Il faut faire les choses dans l’ordre.» Partager Renaud Cohade et ses partenaires semblent totalement en phase avec ce constat. Ce vœu. Vendredi soir, à l’heure de regagner la Lorraine avec trois points supplémentaires dans leurs bagages, aucun Messin ne voulait céder à l’euphorie. À l’instar de l’expérimenté John Boye : «On s’est fixé un objectif et il n’est pas encore tout à fait atteint», rappelle le défenseur central des Grenats.«Bien entendu, on doit s’imposer contre Grenoble! D’abord parce qu’on joue à domicile : devant notre public, gagner est une obligation! Raison pour laquelle on doit rester concentré. Jusqu’au bout du championnat d’ailleurs. On doit se motiver pour obtenir la montée mais aussi le titre (de champion de Ligue 2). C’est sur ce titre qu’on doit désormais porter tous nos efforts. Pour une simple et bonne raison : ça nous oblige à gagner tous nos matches jusqu’au bout!»«Il faut saisir cette opportunité !»Et accessoirement poursuivre, à cinq journées de la fin, l’impressionnante série en cours de treize sorties sans la moindre défaite (7 victoires, 6 nuls)… «Je parle très souvent de cette série aux joueurs», dévoile Vincent Hognon. «Vouloir la poursuivre le plus longtemps possible nous oblige à vouloir toujours faire plus. Et donc à détester la défaite.»D’autant que son équipe s’est offert la possibilité de valider devant son public ce pour quoi elle bataille depuis août dernier. «Il faut saisir cette opportunité! On ne regardera pas ce qui se passe à Troyes (le 3e )», prévient le technicien lorrain. «Cette montée, on veut l’obtenir de nous-mêmes et dès la première fois!»Histoire de s’offrir un mardi de l’ascension au lendemain du lundi de Pâques. Une belle résurrection en somme…Jean-Sébastien Gallois/RL
La FLF vient d’attribuer le titre de champion de futsal au Racing après l’annulation de la finale suite aux échauffourées lors de la première manche. Une décision qui ulcère Differdange.Lors sa réunion lundi soir, la Fédération a en effet décidé de déclarer le RFCU champion national de la saison 2018-2019. Ceci, explique-t-elle dans un communiqué, en vertu de la décision du conseil d’administration du 6 mai dernier de mettre fin au championnat avec effet immédiat, et celle de la Cour d’appel du 22 mai qui a confirmé le jugement du Tribunal fédéral du 8 mai actant “la victoire par forfait 3-0 du RFCU lors de la première finale du best of three de futsal”.Le 5 mai, la rencontre avait basculé à la 17e minute et s’en était suivie une bagarre générale entre les joueurs, provoquée par un Differdangeois selon la FLF, avant que les supporters ne s’en mêlent et jettent des objets sur le parquet dont un a touché un arbitre. La police avait même dû être appelée en renfort. Partager Le FCD03 amerSitôt la décision de la FLF diffusée, le FCD03 a réagi par voie de communiqué. L’attribution du titre au Racing laisse Differdange plutôt amer, estimant que “le futsal et le sport luxembourgeois ont touché le fond”. Et d’ajouter : “Une telle décision montre que continuer à se battre pour un sport ou le mérite sportif passe au deuxième plan”, tacle encore le FCD03 qui se dit “perplexe sur le fait qu’on se batte pour une cause perdue d’avance”.Le club a par ailleurs publié une vidéo “qui montre toute la vérité derrière cette affaire”.En fin d’après-midi, c’est le responsable de la section de futsal du FCD03, Filipe Costa, qui a pris la plume pour dénoncer le traitement de “l’affaire” par la FLF.“Nous contestons clairement la décision de la FLF, nous contestons clairement le déroulement des choses, mais surtout nous condamnons tous les actes qui ont eu lieu lors de cette rencontre qui, comme constatés sur la vidéo, s’avèrent être moins grave qu’initialement divulgués”, écrit Filipe Costa. S’il estime nécessaire d’exprimer publiquement son désaccord, “cela ne nous fera pas rattraper tout ce temps, cet investissement, cet engagement, cette volonté de bien faire, ce temps perdu avec la famille, ce temps entre bénévoles pour le bien du club et surtout ce sentiment d’avoir travaillé pour rien…”Filipe Costa regrette aussi “une décision prise par des hommes prétendant vouloir le fair-play, l’égalité des choses et le respect” mais ne respectant, selon lui, “aucune de ces valeurs”.Il pointe aussi également un “orgueil” de la FLF à camper sur sa position, alors que “le conseil d’administration avait toutes les preuves nécessaires pour revenir en arrière”, précisant que la vidéo des faits a été transmise aux membres de l’instance “le lundi 13 mai”.Le responsable juge encore que “ce n’est pas que Differdange que le CA vient de tuer, mais toute une volonté de tant de bénévoles de continuer à faire partie de projets tels le nôtre”. Il considère enfin que la FLF crée un précédent “qu’elle devra appliquer pour de cas identiques au football”.LQ